Ahead of this week’s ‘Monstrous Summer’ press event being held at the Walt Disney World Resort, we have learned of some exciting upcoming additions to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic cruise liner. The new features include a mix of adapting enhancement from fleet ships Disney Dream and Fantasy’s own pluses as well as brand new experiences, amongst which may be the very first (permanent) foray into the Marvel universe by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the business unit that manages Disney Cruise Line. From children to adults, the Disney Magic promises to offer brand new experiences not available anywhere else on the high seas.
The additions begin with the Oceaneer’s Club which currently hosts four immersive experiences from Disney’s Pixie Hollow, Andy’s room from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, a submarine experience inspired by Finding Nemo and the scream floor of Monsters Inc aboard the Dream and Fantasy. It appears the latter two will be going away in favor of the Marvel’s Avengers Academy (promised to be based on an upcoming animated Disney XD series of the same name) and a Mickey Mouse Club, inspired by the series of brand new animated shorts now being produced.
The Magic will also receive the AquaDuck waterslide along with some enhancements in way of the AquaLab as found on the Disney Fantasy. In addition, a new water play area for infants and toddlers will be re-themed to the Nephews’ Splash Zone. A brand new water slide called the Twist N’ Spout will also be introduced to the ship, which ‘splashes off in one direction, then loop-de-loops the opposite way.’
Donald Duck’s presence will also be felt elsewhere onboard as the Disney Magic introduces a new restaurant based on his Saludos Amigos co-star, Jose. The restaurant will be called Carioca’s and will be Brazilian-influenced, themed to an outdoor marketplace during festival.
The adults-only district will be re-themed to After Hours and, in addition to featuring O’Gills from the Disney Fantasy, will also feature an undersea themed club called Fathoms and a piano bar named Keys.
CORRECTION: The article was incorrectly initially written from the perspective of the Disney Dream. Changes have been made to reflect that these additions will be completely new to the Disney Magic.
Although the Disney Fantasy has already arrived in New York City for her christening on March 1, the Transatlantic voyage vlog continues with today’s entry: a look at just some of the water-based recreation for families.
Of note amongst the items (re-)introduced by Cruise Director Brent Davies, is what may a first look at the Disney Fantasy-exclusive water play area known as the AquaLab. Located on deck 12 aft aboard the Disney Fantasy, the AquaLab is the result of Donald’s nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie as they look to build the AquaDuck water coaster with ‘spare’ parts found around the ship. The result is a 2,000 square foot area laden with 24 pop jets and other aquatic features that keep water cycling through at a magnificent 900 gallons per minute.
The interactive features include wheels and levers located at three aqua stations where kids can pretend to control the speed and temperature of the AquaDuck as well as trying to control the water supply by covering pipes with their hands or even prevent Uncle Donald’s row boat (seen in the video) from filling with water.
The Disney Cruise Line Disney Fantasy will have her maiden voyage on March 31, 2012